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Cycling: Lizzie Armitstead targets Tour of Flanders win

March 30, 2012

GB’s Lizzie Armitstead believes victory at this weekend’s Tour of Flanders could help her secure a place in the British Olympic road cycling team.

“I’m hoping to peak this weekend. The Tour of Flanders is the main goal of the spring,” Armitstead told BBC Sport.

Four women will compete for Team GB in the London 2012 road race, but those places will not be filled by the selectors until June 7, later than many other Olympic sports.

Armitstead’s impressive form so far this year, including victory in the first-ever women’s Gent-Wevelgem road race last weekend, may add pressure on her other team mates such as Nicole Cooke, to respond with the same success.

And this summer’s road race course is considered likely to encourage a sprint finish, which Armitstead believes will suit her.

“London is potentially a sprinter’s course so they’ll select riders who are good at sprinting, and not necessarily riders that would suit a more mountainous kind of course,” Armitstead told BBC Radio 5 live’s London Calling programme.

“Selection is on 7 June and that’s pretty late. That’s why I’m trying to peak now, in order to have some results for them to select me on something.

“I’ll take a break in May, then build up again in the hope I’m selected for July.”

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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